Common Ways to Help Children Bedwetting at Age Four or Below
1. What Time for Drinks?
Suggestion: Change the times when you offer drinks. Make sure your child is well hydrated during the day but minimize drinks after 5 pm.
2. Easy Toilet Routes
Suggestion: Try making sure using the toilet is the last thing your child does before bed. Make sure it’s easy to access at night: leave doors open and clear a route. Ensure there’s a child-size toilet seat and step stool available too and leave them in place overnight. It’s also worth having a potty in the bedroom so they don’t need to run to the toilet. Finally, place a waterproof mat underneath the potty to protect the carpet.
3. Check They Aren’t Constipated
Suggestion: Check to make sure your child isn’t too scared to poo. Patience, reassurance, and persistence is key.
4. Try an Earlier Bedtime
Suggestion: Let your child sleep through as much as possible and don’t wake them to use the toilet, as this leads to tiredness which isn’t helpful. Tiredness can make everything seem worse and there’s a lot of playing and fun to be had during the day! If your child is over-tired from waking up wet at night, consider changing their bedtime or letting them sleep longer in the morning.
5. Get Back to Basics
Suggestion: Some children have a relapse, perhaps due to a stressful time, while others may have been potty trained a little too early. If you think this may be the case, don’t be afraid to go back a few steps. The combination of Goodnites Nighttime Underwear and Goodnites Bed Mats will enable them to sleep soundly without the stress or anxiety of wetting the bed.
6. Talk It Through
Suggestion: Always be encouraging and positive with your child—even if you’re changing bedding and pajamas in the middle of the night. It’s always important to make sure there is nothing bothering your little one. Sit down on the bed and have a cuddle and talk through their feelings about using the bathroom.
Sometimes you’ll find there is a reason you’ve not thought of – fear of the dark, stress in their life, not being able to open their door, or not being able to see properly at night. Once you know the reason, you can implement steps to stop it happening again.
7. Rule Out A Medical Cause
Suggestion: Diabetes, urinary tract infections, and other physical problems can lead to bedwetting, so if you’re concerned it might be the case with your child, make an appointment with your doctor.
Your Night-Time Checklist
- Goodnites Nighttime Underwear
- Goodnites® Bed Mats
- Plenty of clean bed linen
- Spare pajamas
- Spare potties
- A toilet seat for kids and a step stool in the bathroom
- Night lights to make it easy to see the way to the bathroom
- A plastic bowl, flannel, and towel for easy clean-ups